Proverbs 20 YLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine [is] a scorner -- strong drink [is] noisy, And any going astray in it is not wise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 The fear of a king [is] a growl as of a young lion, He who is causing him to be wroth is wronging his soul. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 An honour to a man is cessation from strife, And every fool intermeddleth. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 Because of winter the slothful plougheth not, He asketh in harvest, and there is nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of a man [is] deep water, And a man of understanding draweth it up. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 A multitude of men proclaim each his kindness, And a man of stedfastness who doth find? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous is walking habitually in his integrity, O the happiness of his sons after him! 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 A king sitting on a throne of judgment, Is scattering with his eyes all evil, 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who saith, `I have purified my heart, I have been cleansed from my sin?' 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah, Even both of them [are] an abomination to Jehovah. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even by his actions a youth maketh himself known, Whether his work be pure or upright. 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 A hearing ear, and a seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Love not sleep, lest thou become poor, Open thine eyes -- be satisfied [with] bread. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 `Bad, bad,' saith the buyer, And going his way then he boasteth himself. 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 Substance, gold, and a multitude of rubies, Yea, a precious vessel, [are] lips of knowledge. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take his garment when a stranger hath been surety, And for strangers pledge it. 16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.
17 Sweet to a man [is] the bread of falsehood, And afterwards is his mouth filled [with] gravel. 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Purposes by counsel thou dost establish, And with plans make thou war. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A revealer of secret counsels is the busybody, And for a deceiver [with] his lips make not thyself surety. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 Whoso is vilifying his father and his mother, Extinguished is his lamp in blackness of darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, Even its latter end is not blessed. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, `I recompense evil,' Wait for Jehovah, and He delivereth thee. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 An abomination to Jehovah [are] a stone and a stone, And balances of deceit [are] not good. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 From Jehovah [are] the steps of a man, And man -- how understandeth he his way? 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 A snare to a man [is] he hath swallowed a holy thing, And after vows to make inquiry. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king is scattering the wicked, And turneth back on them the wheel. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The breath of man [is] a lamp of Jehovah, Searching all the inner parts of the heart. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Kindness and truth keep a king, And he hath supported by kindness his throne. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The beauty of young men is their strength, And the honour of old men is grey hairs. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 The bandages of a wound thou removest with the evil, Also the plagues of the inner parts of the heart! 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.